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Don Giovanni 1976Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's subscription season 1975-76 at the Glasgow Theatre Royal contained ten operas in total, played in sequence. The gala Fledermaus on 14 October was followed by short runs of Otello, Hermiston, Ariadne on Naxos, Così fan tutte, The Golden Cockerel, Die Fledermaus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Falstaff. The Otello had been seen regularly since 1963, the Falstaff only once before, in 1966. Fledermaus had been launched during the summer while Hermiston had been premiered at the recent Edinburgh Festival - both were previously unseen in Glasgow. The only productions that were brand new were Ariadne and Rimsky-Korsakov's Golden Cockerel, unseen in Scotland for half a century, and only occasionally since then at Covent Garden.

The long-running Ebert/Koltai Don Giovanni staging, originally mounted in 1964, had already been toured in the autumn, directed by David Pountney. It was now added to the Theatre Royal subscription season and there was a recording made of excerpts.

This production also received some more performances on the spring tour, with a couple of cast changes as Ottavio and Elvira, as well as a different conductor. Other operas in that repertoire included Die Fledermaus, Ariadne on Naxos, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Rape of Lucretia.

Throughout March there was also a medium-scale tour of Don Giovanni, sung in English, with most roles double cast. Ann Murray, Richard Greager, Arthur Jackson and Malcolm Donnelly were all heavily involved in that, as were the chorus members.

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

Stafford Dean (Exc Jun 2)

Malcolm Donnelly (Jun 2)

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Rachel Mathes

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

John Shirley-Quirk

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

Don Garrard (Exc Apr 7; Jun 2)

William McCue (Apr 7; Jun 2)

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Robert Tear (Jan)

Richard Greager (Exc Jan)

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Sheila Armstrong (Jan)

Eileen Davis (Exc Jan)

Zerlina a peasant girl

Ann Murray (Exc Jun 2)

Marie Slorach (Jun 2)

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

Arthur Jackson

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 1976

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Jan, 19.15 24 Jan, 19.15 27 Jan, 19.15 29 Jan, 19.15

Royal Court Theatre | Liverpool

31 Mar, 19.15 2 Apr, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Sunderland | Sunderland

7 Apr, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 May, 19.15 8 May, 19.15 13 May, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

2 Jun, 19.15

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